Specialty Auto-sports, inc. 1957 CABRIOLET  

 Standard Build Sheet  Summary: fuel injected 170hp mid-engine water cooled/automatic overdrive transmission/4 wheel disc brakes/ independent front and rear/hot water heat-defrost/ see more below


How does a standard VW SPEEDSTER compare ?

Typical industry example

Standard Cost  

$36,100.00  $21,000.00

Engine Type 

Subaru -4 cylinder horizontally opposed included VW Beetle 4 cylinder
Single Overhead Cams (2 cams)  no lash adjustments required  included single cam in block requiring periodic lash  adjustments
water-cooled included air- cooled

Mid-engine mounted

included rear mount



2500cc       170 hp  166 lb-ft torque


included 1915cc 125 HP    $3500.00 option

Fuel delivery


Electronic Fuel injected - multi port

included dual carburetors - requiring adjustments

OBD II CAN-bus  engine management system

Electronic using cam and crank position sensors -  (no distributor, points, condenser, rotor, distributor cap, vacuum advance, timing requirements) included distributor, points, condenser, rotor, distributor cap, vacuum advance, timing requirements

Emissions compliant



included ? ask your DMV

Trans axle type


Automatic 4 speed overdrive

included 3.88 VW 4 speed only  $300.00

5 Speed Manual Overdrive


Chassis type


All new - Custom designed structural tubular frame

included 35 yr old VW pan

Front suspension


Macpherson strut  with adjustable coil-over spring

included VW torsion bars with trailing arms

Rear suspension


Independent (IRS) Double wishbones upper, 2 lower control arms- longitudinal trailing arms- adjustable coil-over shock

included swing axle with torsion bars



New Rack and pinion

included VW gear box

Brakes (front-rear)


Power assisted 4 wheel disc with ABS

included front disc only  $350.00

Park Brake


   356A style Tee handle below dash     

included handle between seats

Wheel base   Actual Cabriolet 82.7" 

(82.7")            ?

Front track    Actual Cabriolet 51.4"

(51.6")           ?

Rear track   Actual Cabriolet 50.1"

(50.0")            ?

Empty Finished weight (lb)  approx.     


    *   5  Speed    

     *  automatic

2300 approx

2450 approx


Front/rear weight (balance)       


*(later)  automatic 

*(later)  5speed                                   

  VW typically 38/62

weight/power ratio


(later/170)   #/hp automatic  

(later/170)   #/hp  5speed

  36#/hp with 50 hp VW -4spd   

15 #/hp with optional 125 hp VW

Wheel size


Original style  wide 5    15 "  10 slots

included 15x4.5   8 slots

Bolt pattern


5 lug - wide 5

included 4 lug

Tire size



included ?

Steering column


New - with GM turn switch   Subaru hazard

included VW

Wiper system


2 speed/park/- cable drive

included VW swing arm

windshield washer 

included ?



195 degree hot water - abundant air flow

included air cooled- no heat/defrost

Body Finish


 Base/Clear coat  System any color

included ?

Convenience features

3 point retractable seat belts - frame mount included  
dual door mount mirrors - period type included  

Locking Door Handles

included ?

Scissor action Fold down top - Stay Fast

included n/a

Top Boot cover - Stay Fast

included $300.00

Door Map Pockets

included ?

Kick panel storage pockets

included ?

Seat back storage pockets

included ?

Roadster Seats - tilt/slide/recline

included Spyder Seats  $500.00

Power rollup windows

included ?

Hazard lights - 4 way flasher

included ?

Vintage style instrumentation

included ?

AM-FM-USB stereo

included $350.00

Interior courtesy lights

included ?

cigar lighter - accessory plug

included ?

Front trunk storage - locked Carpeted

included carpet  $175.00

Rear trunk storage -locked Carpeted

included not available

16  gallon fuel tank frame protected - steel protective firewall

included 8gal positioned over occupants legs

Halogen seal beams

included ?

full engine access for maintenance

included ?

discrete cup holder

included ?
Glove box  lighted included ?




$  26,475.00 #


# - How much would you have to add to the above VW Speedster to get the all of our 1957 Cabriolet standard items listed below not found on the above VW Speedster ??  :
40 more horse power *SOHC  mid-engine performance electronic fuel injection
electronic ignition *automatic overdrive trans new structural tubular chassis
*rack and pinion steering independent front and rear adjustable suspension rear disc brakes
*power rollup windows  proper brake handle location 5 lug wheels with 10 slots
no maintenance rituals *16 gallon frame protected fuel tank *abundant heat-defrost (hot water)
* locking rear storage *weather tight scissor action convertible top 4" wider interior

* these additional items are not even available on a VW Speedster  !

  How much would they cost ?  Choose only 2 and get an estimate (electronic fuel injection and rack and pinion steering)   How about resale value ?

would these  be good questions to ask your VW Speedster dealer?